QUALIFICATION: DIPLOMA

This course is for adults aged 19+ who wish to study for a degree. You complete the course in one year, either three mornings a week or two evenings, and a successful outcome allows progression to university. There is a choice of two pathways: ‘Nursing and Healthcare Professions’ or ‘Humanities and Social Science’. Due to the popularity of this course, places are limited. Please submit your application before 16 September to guarantee your place.

Age groups

19+

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The aim of this Access course is to give you fast-track access to a university place.

Course content

For both pathways, you study a range of subjects chosen to benefit you when studying for your degree

Nursing and Healthcare Professions

  • Human Science (cell biology, cardiopulmonary system, reproduction, body control systems, etc.)
  • Psychology (abnormal psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, etc.)
  • Sociology (sociology of the family, crime and deviance, research methods, etc.)

  Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Psychology (abnormal psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, etc.)
  • Sociology (sociology of the family, crime and deviance, research methods, etc.)
  • English (mixture of language and Literature, range of texts, writing skills, etc.)

You will also complete an ‘Extended Independent Academic Study’ that will prepare you for the kind of research that you will be engaged in whilst on your degree, as well as developing other study skills, including applying to university.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a mixture of written assignments, presentations, exams and practical experiments – depending on which pathway you choose.

Details

Entry requirements: 

Most universities require GCSE grade C+/Grade 4 in maths and English; for some degrees GCSE Science C+/4 is also required. Some universities allow entry to degree courses with Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy. You will be asked to bring evidence of these qualifications to your interview. In certain circumstances, it may be possible study for these qualifications whilst on your Access course; please ask at interview.

Enrichment opportunities:

We will notify you of opportunities that may arise.

Costs:

Many students qualify for the ‘24+ loan’ scheme that covers the course fees. This loan is used to pay for the stationery, books, etc. that you will need for the course and cancelled once you have completed your degree.

What can I do next?

Healthcare students go on to study for degrees in nursing, midwifery or a range of other healthcare courses. The Humanities/Social Science pathway can lead to degrees in teaching, social work and wide range of other subjects.

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Andrew Lucas

Tel: 023 8087 4874

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